Significant reduction in severity and duration of cold symptoms
New research confirms the efficacy of zincum gluconicum nasal gel in reducing the severity and duration of common cold symptoms when treatment is started as late as the second day of illness. The study, which appears in the January issue of QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, was the first trial on the naturally acquired common cold to extend initiation of treatment beyond the first 24 hours of illness.
"All previous evaluations of zincum gluconicum nasal gels effect on the naturally acquired common cold limited initiation of treatment to the first 24 hours of symptoms," explained Sherif B. Mossad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Department of Infectious Diseases, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. "We now have findings to document a significant reduction in severity and duration of symptoms even when treatment is started as late as 48 hours after onset of illness."
The nose is the main portal of entry for cold viruses. The highest concentration of cold virus in nasal secretions occurs during the first three days of infection. This is when infected persons are most contagious.
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*Hirt M, Nobel S, Ernesto B. Zinc nasal gel for the treatment of common cold symptoms: A double blind, placebo-controlled trial. ENT J 2000;79:778-82
To schedule an interview with Dr. Mossad, contact The Cleveland Clinic Department of Public and Media Relations at 216-444-0141.
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